HRO Today April 2017 - 34

Talent Acquisition
Not
Enough
Care in the
World
An aging population combined with a severe hiring shortage
creates a challenging time in healthcare recruiting.
By Russ Banham
Looking for a career with wide employment availability?
On the last day of business in 2016, there were 1.1 million
job openings in the healthcare industry: the largest
number recorded since the Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS) started surveying the sector in 2006.
The war for talent in the industry stems from several
factors, including a fast-aging population that uses the
healthcare system more frequently, the retirement of
specialized medical professionals, and a growing demand
for nurses outside the healthcare sector from businesses
that offer highly competitive compensation and benefi t
packages. The Affordable Care Act-whatever its fate-
and the recovery of the U.S. economy have also expanded
public access to healthcare.
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Doctors and nurses are not the only professionals in
short supply. Hospitals are also struggling to attract
non-clinical employees such as data scientists/analysts,
lab technicians, respiratory therapists, technology
imaging personnel, and pharmacists, given that there are
greener pastures outside of hospital work. But clinical
professionals such as specialized nurses are the toughest
hires for many healthcare institutions.
In Florida, for instance, the nursing shortage has reached
epic proportions. The Florida Center for Nursing tallied
more than 12,400 vacant nursing positions across the
state last year-up more than 30 percent from the
number in 2013. " There's been a mass exodus of nurses
here leaving for other opportunities elsewhere, " says

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